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Before Life

Before life evolved on Earth, the planet was very different than it is now. It developed in a series of stages, first as a barren rocky place with lots of volcanic activity and eventually forming an atmosphere … (See Below for Full Description)
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Before life evolved on Earth, the planet was very different than it is now. It developed in a series of stages, first as a barren rocky place with lots of volcanic activity and eventually forming an atmosphere that was held close to the planet by gravity. The presence of an atmosphere allowed life to develop. This highly illustrated overview of what Earth was like before life took hold gives young students a fresh and insightful view of an exciting chapter in Earth's history.

This fascinating subject, which includes the evolution of the solar system, the formation of the physical features of the planets, and the origins and structure of the planet Earth, is concisely presented in Before Life. The easy-to-read text is accompanied by many illustrations that help young readers stay focused and better understand the ideas and concepts being presented. The book examines different types of rocks, the processes that formed them, and hypotheses about the origins of Earth. It answers the question, what was Earth like early in its history?

Coverage includes:
  • Celestial bodies
  • Cyclical processes
  • Tectonic processes
  • Earthquakes and tsunamis
  • Volcanic islands
  • Igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks
  • Soil and how it forms
  • Land shaped by moving ice
  • Tides and currents
  • Oceanscapes
  • Groundwaters and cave systems
  • The arrival of life.

Additional Info

ISBN-13 978-0-8160-5045-1
ISBN-10 816050457
eBook ISBN 978-1-4381-2236-6
Bundle Options Individual
Language English
Publisher Infobase Learning
From the Series Life On Earth
Author The Diagram Group
Publication Date 1/1/2004
Book's Binding Hardcover
Imprint Facts On File
Specifications 300-350 two-color line illustrations and maps. Index. Glossary. Websites and further reading. Timeline.
Available Formats Print & eBook

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